As an environmental educator and magician I look forward to April as a Santa Claus performer might look forward to December: a month busy with shows. Weeks before and after Earth Day are fun and full. This year I am delighted to add a number of other magics to the recycling, energy, climate change and other environmental performances I will again be sharing this year.
This Saturday March 29th I will be performing “Escape from the Goblins” at the La Grua Center in Stonington, CT. This is a storytelling magic show in which I weave tricks into a tale of a woodcutter who is captured by goblins. Jasper learns magic from his fellow prisoner, an imp, and together they make their escape past goblins, an ogre and the Goblin King himself. I continue to improve this show by gaining feedback from friends in the magic and theater worlds. Eventually it will be part of a longer epic storytelling show, “The Goblin Sword.” Today’s public loves the magic of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and other works of film and fiction. Ironically, the love of magic has not extended to magicians and magic shows. I feel this is because magicians too rarely engage their audiences with emotion and story. Rowling and Tolkien enchant us with their characters, plots and beautiful stories. If magicians learn to do the same, adding their “magic” to that of great stories, we may find ourselves in a period of magical renaissance.
Performing Hard Times Magic at a homeless shelter
Earlier this week I shared my “Hard Times Magic” show with residents of a homeless shelter. We shared conversation and food before I shared how magic can help all of us through our tough times. I told some tales of how I am inspired by Harry Houdini (Born on March 24th) and others to continue onward despite life’s challenges. Involving residents as volunteers in parts of the show empowered them and, I hope, keeps them optimistic about their own futures.
Magic can play so many roles in our modern world, not just in the tales of bygone days. It can empower and inspire us by capturing our imagination and pushing us to reconsider just how much power each of us has to save our planet and to save ourselves.